Our Staff Team | St. John's Anglican Church Highton Geelong

Our Staff Team

The ministry at St. John's is a shared ministry, including our Staff Team, Wardens, Parish Council and Ministry Co-ordinators.


Rev. Will Orpwood - Vicar

Will was inducted as Vicar of St. John's in January 2009.

Will is married to Leisha and they have five children. Both have a passion for the local church and working in parish ministry.

Will trained at Moore Theological College and served in curacies in Sydney at Quakers Hill Anglican Church and Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church.

He has a passion for teaching and preaching, and he also enjoys most sports, but now just as a spectator rather than as a participant. Will loves cooking and reading and going to the theatre.


Rev. Josh Simon - Assistant Curate

Josh first started at St. John's as a student minister in January 2019. As of 2022, Josh's role as assistant curate includes Children and Families Ministry.

He is married to Kathryn and they have four children. Josh and Kathryn have always had a keen sense to pursue parish ministry. Having worked in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Josh transitioned to studying at Ridley College in 2018.

He enjoys discussing theology and preaching. He also loves Indian food and brewing chai (from scratch), playing music, painting landscapes and going for a drive.




Mike Kicevski - Assistant Minister

Mike started at St. John's in January 2023 and has a passion for seeing people come to know Jesus as their Lord, Saviour and Friend.

Mike came to know the Lord through reading a Gideons Bible and is persuaded that God's Word is the primary means by which he changes lives.

Having studied at Ridley College and served at various Anglican Churches in Melbourne he was Ordained in 2020. He is a husband to Meredith, father to Zoe and enthusiast of all things outdoors, not least, hiking and fishing.



Kelly Hardgrave - Administration Assistant

Kelly started at St John's in May 2023. Her role is to support the Churchwardens, along with Parish Council & Treasurer with administration, organising maintenance and supplies for the operation of the church building. Kelly also provides some assistance to the Staff, including rosters, news and administration.

Core Lay Leadership Team

Church wardens: Mike Deam, Malinda Meredith and Jennie Macaulay

Parish Council: Dorothy Buck, Josh DeBoe, Peter Winstanley, Peter Taylor